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Dr. Steven Choi Announces Candidacy for California State Senate District 37

Former Assemblymember (2016-2022) Choi Will Run in Open, Newly-Drawn SD 37


January 23, 2023 – Today, former Assemblymember Steven Choi, Ph.D. (R – Irvine) announced his candidacy for the California State Senate District 37, which includes all of the Assembly District Dr. Choi represented from 2016 – 2022.


"I will continue to work hard to represent this Senate District that I already know well. My legislative priorities include economic recovery, inflation control, safer communities, and reducing homelessness among others, Dr. Choi remarked.


"As a former legislator, I am already familiar with the legislative process and plan to hit the ground running on the first day to take actions. We need more commonsense in Sacramento and I’m proud to run for SD 37 which includes my former Assembly District that I proudly represented for 6 years," added Dr. Choi.

SD 37 includes the cities of Irvine, Costa Mesa, Orange, Lake Forest, Laguna Niguel, Tustin, Anaheim, Fullerton, Aliso Viejo, Placentia, Laguna Woods, Villa Park, Yoba Linda and other unincorporated areas. Dr. Choi's old Assembly District 68 overlaps 50% of the new Senate District which helps him with the high name recognition advantage.  


Additionally, SD 37 is much more favorable with the voter registration than the previous Assembly District 73 that he had to face in 2022. At the time of his Announcement, he already secured more than a dozen endorsements from the local elected officials as well as the community leaders and plans to expand it extensively.


Endorsements (partial list):

Elected Officials 

Jay Obernolte, California Congressman, CD 8

Jeff Stone, Senator, State of Nevada, Former California Senator

Tri Ta, Assemblyman, AD 70

Claude Parrish, Orange County Assessor

David Shawver, Mayor, City of Stanton

Noah Blom, Mayor, City of Newport Beach 

Gene J. Hernandez, Mayor, City of Yorba Linda

Robyn Grant, Newport Beach City, Councilwoman

Ted Bui, Fountain Valley City Councilman

Janice A. Lim, Council Member, City of Yorba Linda

Tim Shaw, Orange County Board of Education

Board Member

Soo Yoo, ABC School Boadmember


Former Elected Officials

Jim Nielsen, Former California Senator

Keith Curry, Former Mayor, City of Newport


Francine Scinto, Former Tustin Schoolboard


Anthony Kuo, Former Irvine Councilmember

Christina Shea, Former Irvine City Mayor

Jesse Petrilla, Former Rancho Santa Margarita


Office Candidates

Hengameh Abraham, AD 73 Assembly Candidate

Simon Moon, Irvine Mayoral Cendidate

Community Leaders

Gil Nelson

William Pedraanti 

Stephanie Martinez

Colin Edwards 

Steven Greenberg, Former Irvine Commissioner

Christopher Gonzales, Attorney, former Congressional Candidate

Jon Matthews

Deborah Chrastil

Baron Night

Tim Whitacre 

Kostian Vazquez

James Mai 

Rutry Holay 

Pamalah MacNeily

Mark Rizk

Andrew Rivers

Kristen Valle

Thor Johnson

Ann Nguyen

John Park, Chair, Greater Irvine Republicans


Lee M. Lowrey, ATLAS PAC President

Corrin Rankin, Calif. Republican Party Central Valley Regional VP

Randy Berholtz, Calif. Republican Party Secretary

Bill Sandlin, Commander, American Region Post 838

Ilene Schneider, IRWF VP for Membership

Logan Jeffs, GIR, Volunteer Chair

Ben Chapman, Chairman, Greater Costa Mesa Republicans

Heriberto Mendez, Chairman, UCI College Republicans

Philippe Nou, OC Young Republicans

Jay Peterson, Chair, Tustin Republican Assembly

Dave Martin

Lynn Galuppo

Tammy Cooper

Laura Webster

Debbie Kamm

Jeannie Luong

Suzanna Choi 

Bruce J. Schneider

Brandon Hovind 

Antoinette Thomas

Pramod Kunju

Noel Stone Parrish,  Women’s Federated Member

Dr. Choi has served as Irvine School Boardmember, Irvine City Councilmember, Irvine Mayor and Assemblymember for six years since 2016. With extensive experience in local governments, he believes in local control as much as possible and has worked closely with local elected officials.





 c/o Lysa Ray
3843 S. Bristol St., #604
Santa Ana, CA 92704

(714) 312-6097‬


FPPC ID# 1458388

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